french hot chocolate

Ok so this isn't a crafty post, but cooking and baking ARE creative, so this totally counts. 

If you haven't noticed already, I am a hot chocolate fiend. Actually, just a chocolate-in-general fiend. I love it. A few years ago for Lent I didn't give up chocolate...I just cut back to chocolate once a day. That's how obsessed I am. A meal just doesn't feel complete without chocolate to me! 

During these cooler winter months, though, I crave the hot version. I, unlike others, have met hot chocolates I didn't like. I recently bought some hot choc packets from Whole Foods. They were not great. Also recently I accidentally watered down a packet of hot chocolate and obviously that was disastrous. 

I have pretty specific hot chocolate recommendations and lately I've only been wanting GOOD stuff. Thick, rich, luscious "drinking chocolate" is what is hitting the spot these days. I've linked a few times to some ultra ultra thick ones but they tend to take a little longer, so today I am sharing a classic French hot chocolate recipe, aka chocolat chaud. It's super easy and you probably already have everything you need. Just look at how it coats a spoon!

Serves 1
2 tablespoons heavy cream
3 oz milk (preferably whole...skim will do but you need to ask yourself why you're consuming skim milk)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 oz. chopped chocolate (I like at least 50% cacao but almost anything will do...experiment with flavored chocolates!)
In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat heavy cream, milk, and sugar until bubbles start to appear around the edges. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate. Put over low heat if needed to melt chocolate. Pour into a small mug and sip slowly.